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EU decision to buy Syrian oil from opposition 'aggressive act', says FM

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Syria censures as 'aggressive act' the decision taken at a meeting of the EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg to open door to Syrian oil sales to Europe if authorized by the so-called "National Coalition".

 In two letters sent to the Head of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General, Foreign and Expatriate Ministry said: "the EU foreign ministers' decision adopted on April 22, 2013 to allow European importers to buy crude oil from Syria under the pretext of providing financial support to citizens and opposition if authorized by the so-called 'opposition coalition', which represents no one in Syria, is unprecedented step."

It clarified that the decision contradicts International law and UN charter. "It is an aggressive act under the resolution No. 3314 endorsed by the General Assembly in 1874 as regard definition of aggression."

The ministry cited that the EU, which is involved in the persistent economic and political campaign that targets national economy and the Syrian citizens' living conditions, has adopted a new step contradicts the principle of sovereignty and peoples' right to choose their economic and political systems without foreign meddling.

"The decision also preaches the special declaration made by the General Assembly in 1962 under the title 'permanent sovereignty over natural resources'," the ministry said.

It underscored that the EU sanctions imposed on Syria since the beginning of the crisis are illegal and illegitimate and increased the Syrian people's suffering.

"Neither European Union nor any body has the right to adopt a procedure that would impinge on the states' sovereignty over national resources," the ministry added.

It confirmed that the Syrian Arab Republic will adopt necessary measures to preserve its sovereignty and national resources, calling on the UNSC to fulfill its role in preventing the implementation of the illegitimate decision, which aims to support al-Nusra Front-affiliated armed groups in Syria.

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Syrian army destroy several terrorists' hideouts in Aleppo, Idleb, Lattakia

PROVINCES,(ST)_Units of armed forces have shelled al-Nusra Front-linked terrorists' hideouts in several areas in countryside of Homs and restore stability and security to several towns and farms west Orontes River in al-Qsir area, a military source said.

It added that dozens of explosive devices, which were planted by terrorists on the main roads of the towns, were dismantled by competent authorities.

In Homs city, a unit of armed forces discovered equipment used to produce rockets and explosive devices inside a hideout of terrorists.

It was also reported that many terrorists were killed yesterday while they were booby-trapping a car east Homs city.

Meanwhile, the armed forces repelled terrorists' attempt to infiltrate from Lebanon into Syria.

Elsewhere, units of armed forces targeted terrorist groupings in countryside of Damascus, Aleppo, Idleb and Lattakia, killing and injuring a large  number of terrorists.

Terrorists kill each others

On the other hand, terrorists killed each others in a quarrel broke out between them in Wadi Barada in Damascus countryside over sharing loots.

Another fighting broke out between two terrorist groups in Raqqa city over heading religious commission.

The terrorists used mortars in two-day fighting ended in the death of most of them.

3 shells landed in Harasta  

In a separate incident, at least 4 citizens wounded by mortar attack targeted a residential area in Damascus countryside.

An official source told SANA: "Terrorists fired today three mortar rounds landed in a residential area in Daheyet Harasta wounding  4 citizens at the scene."

Syria is in a state of war and its army is doing its duty as regard defending homeland and citizens, and fighting terrorist groups to restore stability and security across the country.

The terrorist groups, who are exported from 40 countries, perpetrate heinous crimes against citizens and destroy the country's infrastructure, are funded and supported by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, and the US.


Fighting Terrorism, Going to Dialogue,State's Decistion,says Al-Zou'bi

MOSCOW, ( ST)-"fighting terrorism and going for a dialogue are Syria's main decision as regards materializing the political program to solve the crisis in the country,"said  Minister of Information Omran al-Zou'bi .

Al-Zou'bi's remark was made during a meeting with the Special Representative of the Russian President for the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov on Tuesday in Moscow.

"the Syrians highly appreciated  Russia, people and leadership.. Syria wishes to upgrade , enhance  cooperation and friendship with Russia concerning  the reconstruction  of Syria after the end  of the crisis," al-Zou'bi affirmed.

During the meeting,al-Zou'bi briefed Bogdanov on atrocities  perpetrated against Syria by those who came from western, Arab and regional countries including the smuggling of weapons and terrorists through their territories and looting Syrian oil by them is not an exception as they are looting the ordinary people as well.

The Russian diplomat Bogdanov voiced  his country's rejection of the political pressures being practiced to change the legitimate government in Syria only to replace it with another illegitimate one , like giving Syria's  seat at the Arab League to an illegal side.

Bogdanov made it clear that the Geneva communique , adopted on June 30th, 2012 is still the suitable base to start resolving the crisis in Syria through political and diplomatic ways.

After the meeting ,the Russian Foreign Ministry said that al-Zou'bi and Bogdanov exchanged viewpoints on halting  the  violence as soon as possible and  commencing a political process in Syria, based on a national dialogue between the government and opposition.


Pope Francis is praying for the kidnapped Syrian bishops

The Syriac Orthodox bishop of Aleppo, Msgr. Youhanna Ibrahim, and the Greek-orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskenderun, Msgr. Boulos al-Yaziji were kidnapped on Monday by a group of armed men on the road to Aleppo. The northern Syrian city has been the scene of clashes between rebels and regular soldiers for months,according to Vatican Radio.

Bishop Ibrahim, was travelling in his car with a deacon at the wheel and had collected Msgr. Yaziji from Bab al-Hawa, from a village near the Turkish border. Arriving at the outskirts of Aleppo, an armed group stopped the vehicle and forced the two prelates to get out of the car. After killing the deacon driver, they abducted the two bishops.

The identity of the kidnappers is not yet clear. State TV accuses "armed terrorist group" of having kidnapped the two leaders, who were carrying out "humanitarian work in the countryside outside Aleppo".

In a Statement the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Lombardi said "The Holy Father has been informed of this recent, extremely grave act, which comes on top of the increasing violence of the past days and a humanitarian emergency of enormous proportions. Pope Francis is following the events with deep participation and he is praying for the health and the liberation of the two kidnapped bishops. He is also praying so that, with the support and prayers of all, the Syrian people may finally see tangible responses to the humanitarian drama and real hopes of peace and reconciliation rise on the horizon.


US Inconsistency

Undoubtedly, no one can ignore the US dual-stance towards the crisis in Syria. According to the wrong conception of US administration, arming terrorists in Syria is considered as an excuse for the Geneva agreement application.

The US and its allies in the region are not convinced yet that the real and active solution in Syria is but through the national dialogue among all Syrian spectra.

Actually, the US has strongly contributed in supporting efforts in a bid to destroy Syria, the cradle of civilization and the gate of Arabism, by sending takfiris and extremists mercenaries of al-Qaeda that are financially supported by the Gulf states (Saudi Arabia and Qatar).

It is obvious that extremism has become more closely associated with the policies of the Syrian oppositions abroad especially armed ones which are related directly to al-Qaeda.

No one can deny that the absolute winner of the US scenarios is Israel, the important ally of the west countries. But losers are those countries who do believe that they have special ties with US, for they are nothing but mere tools which the US will dispose of after ending their roles.

 However, US and Israel have strongly contributed to shape the so-called new Middle East, and Syria constitutes the main obstacle to their project.

The US always adopts contradictions' policy towards Syria's tow-year crisis, this simply means that it succeeds in investing terrorism in accordance with its own goals and interests.

Ahmad Orabi Baaj

Edited& translated: M. Wassouf